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Reza Team member

The Team


Reza Ovissipour, Ph.D.

Principle Investigator 

Assistant Professor in Food Safety and Cellular Agriculture

 Department of Food Science and Technology/SAREC

Ph.D.   Biosystems Engineering          Washington State University  

Ph.D.   Bioprocess Engineering          Tarbiat Modares University     

      M.Sc.  Seafood Technology                Tarbiat Modares University                  Aquaculture Engineering                     GAU                                                 


Lexi Duscher, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher 

Postdoctoral Researcher in Cellular Agriculture


                      Ph.D.   Microbiology and Cell Science          University of Florida                

B.Sc. Marine Science                                     Eckerd College

B.A. Environmental Studies                            Eckerd College

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Inayat Batish 
Ph.D. Student in Cellular Agriculture

 Department of Food Science and Technology/SAREC
M.Sc.  Industrial Biotechnology      NIT (India)
B.Sc.   Biotechnology                     PTU (India)

Thet M. Aung 

M.Sc. Student in Cellular Agriculture

 Department of Food Science and Technology/SAREC

B.Sc.   Food Science and Technology    VT


Zachary Shea

Ph.D. Student in Crop and Soil Sciences

(Main advisor: Dr. Bo Zhnag)

School of Plant And Environmental Sciences

B.Sc.   Zoology   NCSU

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Julia J. Kesselring


M.Sc. Student in Intenstinal Biome

  Department of Food Science and Technology 

B.Sc.   Food Science and Technology   UDel


Amiti Banavar

M.Sc. Student in Cellular Agriculture 

 Department of Food Science and Technology/SAREC

B.Sc.   Biomedical Engineering          Stony Brook University


Rose Thai 

Lab Specialist-SAREC

B.Sc.   Biological Sciences                  Virginia Tech

B.Sc.  Experimental Neurosciences      Virginia Tech 

Lab Alumni


Janak Dhakal

Postdoctoral Researcher in COVID (2020-2021)

Next Position: Postdoctoral Researcher 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Caio Miyai 

Postdoctoral Researcher in Alternative Proteins

for AquaFeed (2019-2021)

Next Position: Senior Researcher

São Paulo State University


Samad Keramat 

Research Scientist in Alternative Proteins for AquaFeed 


Next Position: Associate Professor  

Sari Agricultural Sciences University 


Maggie Marshall

Undergraduate Summer Intern (2019) 

Next Position: Senior Research Assistant

Department of Biostatistics, Virginia Commonwealth University


Shamil Rafeeq 

Visiting Scholar-Nanobubbles Technology  


Next Position: Associate Professor  

Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center 

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